Project Resources

COLLAGE INSPIRATIONS: The Work of El Anatsui

 El Anatsui    Detail of  his work exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum

 El Anatsui    Detail of  his work exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum

When artists use collage, they incorporate elements that come from the world into their drawings, paintings and sculptures. Put within a new context, these elements take on new meanings. The image above is a detail of one of El Anatsui's amazing pieces. His inspiring work was on display in his one person exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum in 2013. Here is a link to more information about the exhibition: Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui.

ICE INSPIRATIONS: ARTISTS

Many contemporary artists have used ice as a sculptural material.  Some fascinating examples  can be found in a 2013 article by Leigh Patterson in the Atlantic, "Melting Masterpieces: Impressive Works of Art Made from Snow and Ice"  In addition the sculptor Andy Goldsworthy, has made many remarkable site-specific sculptures from ice. Images of his work can be found in the Andy Goldsworthy Digital Catalogue.

More traditional painters have also been inspired by ice. 

Caspar David Friedrich  The Sea of Ice  1823-1824

Caspar David Friedrich The Sea of Ice 1823-1824

Frederic Edwin Church  Wreck in Sunset  1860

Frederic Edwin Church Wreck in Sunset 1860

Roy Wass, Cape Split, Addison, Maine;  date and title unknown;  

Roy Wass, Cape Split, Addison, Maine;  date and title unknown;  

Robert Clow Todd   The Ice Cone, Montmorency Falls, Quebec   1866

Robert Clow Todd  The Ice Cone, Montmorency Falls, Quebec  1866

In these cold days of winter, it is interesting to see how artists' imaginations have been captivated by the beauty, mystery and treachery of ice. This post is part of the series related to the project, Ice Ornaments.